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AAP organizes Waterloo Rally - Calls for $15 Minimum Wage
April 15, 2015
WATERLOO — Speakers at a rally in front of Waterloo Town Square on Wednesday called for the Ontario minimum wage to be boosted to $15 an hour.
The rally, organized by the local Alliance Against Poverty group and supported by the labour council, was part of a North American campaign to boost the minimum wage, promote full-time, permanent jobs, require businesses to give employees at least five paid sick days a year, protect workers from unjust dismissal and make it easier for employees to join unions. ...
The popular contention that a $15 minimum wage would kill small businesses is a myth, Xuereb said in an interview. The extra money made by workers would be spent in the community, helping businesses, he said. It's an economic development strategy," Xuereb said.
Brayden McNeill, a member of Alliance Against Poverty, said it's a "disgrace" that so many Ontario workers with full-time jobs live in poverty.
"The minimum wage should be a reflection of the individual's needs to live a life of dignity, not a pittance hauled grudgingly from the vast wallets of the business owners. Everyone could agree that hard-working people should be able to live a life comfortably after working eight hours a day."
Richard Walsh, the federal Green party candidate for Waterloo, said there is a big difference between a minimum wage and a living wage.
"Even $15 is far from what people need to live on," he said, adding a solution would be the Green party's proposed guaranteed livable income.